AIMPO works to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights remain at the very core of development. It has been agreed that there is a clear connection between sexual and reproductive health, human rights and sustainable development.
When sexual and reproductive health needs are not met, individuals are deprived of the right to make important choices about their own bodies and futures, with a cascading impact on their families’ welfare and future generations. Former hunter-gatherers, the Batwa or historically marginalised people in Rwanda face acute sexual and reproductive health problems which lead to illnesses and often death for women and girls of childbearing age. Historically marginalised women suffer disproportionately from unintended pregnancies, maternal death and disabilities, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), gender-based violence, and other related problems.
Within historically marginalised people, young people are also extremely vulnerable, often facing barriers to sexual and reproductive health information and care. Historically marginalised youth are disproportionately affected by HIV, for example, and in Batwa communities girls face unintended pregnancies, exposing them to risks during childbirth. They do not go for HIV tests before marriage due to ignorance and traditional practices. Adolescent sexual and reproductive health is therefore another important focus of AIMPO’s work.
AIMPO works to prevent STIs, through community outreach and mobilization. We work with health centres to mobilize communities to fight against HIV and other related diseases transmitted via sexual intercourse. We work towards programs tailored to the different challenges Batwa/historically marginalised people face at different times in their lives, including comprehensive sexuality education, family planning, antenatal and safe delivery care, post-natal care, and services to prevent sexually transmitted infections including HIV.